• Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2008
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings is a rock record in the grandest and most polished sense of the word: it wears its lineage proudly, and imparts emotions directly and brazenly honestly no matter how pretty or shiny the picture is.
  2. The band stretches out in some new directions on the trance-y 'Washington Square' and incorporates psychedelic overtones into 'Insignificant' and 'Le Ballet d'Or.' 'You Can't Count on Me' sounds like the flip side of a Bruce Springsteen love song, and such tracks as '1492,' 'Cowboys' and 'Come Around' rock with sweeping dynamic energy.
  3. Adam Duritz and company haven’t sounded so committed, so determined, so tuneful, in years.
  4. The disc's first half, produced by Pixies vet Gil Norton, is surprisngly fast and scrappy. But the pace slackens in the mellower remainder, produced by Brian Deck. [28 Mar 2008, p.65]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    6
    More of the same music from Counting Crows, a band that I've loved now for over 15 years, but felt a bit cold about this piece. Overall, thisMore of the same music from Counting Crows, a band that I've loved now for over 15 years, but felt a bit cold about this piece. Overall, this is not a particularly serious album, and it hurts the quality of the songs for me, which feel very fluffly overall. A few standouts ("Cowboys", "Washington Square", "Le Ballet Dor") are filled in with mostly forgettable stuff ("Insignificant" being especially well named). If you like Counting Crows a lot, I would probably buy it, but there's nothing here that distinguishes itself from better albums like "Recovering the Satellites". Full Review »
  2. RichRainey
    Apr 11, 2008
    10
    I have always loved this band. It's popular to put them down, esp Adam, and say their songs are not so good, but when I hear those I have always loved this band. It's popular to put them down, esp Adam, and say their songs are not so good, but when I hear those comments, I have to wonder if I'm listening to the same songs. His lyrics and singing style, as well as the arrangements and quality of musicianship have always been top notch for me. This album is no exception, and I'm glad they are still making records. Full Review »
  3. TomH.
    Apr 10, 2008
    7
    Rates behind first two albums, but ahead of last two.